This story goes back decades when I, the scientist, was invited to be the artist-in-residence for Napa Valley’s Sterling Vineyards. The winemaker’s response to the photographic expression of that first wine I captured with my microscope – It looks like it tastes.
I knew nothing about wine but spent the next few years working with the winemakers’ questions and photographing everything.
Those crystals that you are looking at are only tartrates, was a response I often got from other wine people.
So I photographed the molecules of taste and an interesting visual pattern emerged. The microscopic forms mirrored the words we use for taste, at least in the wine world. Sweet sugar and savory umami were rounded and gentle on the palate. Sour acids were angular and sharp while bitter caffeine was prickly. Molecules giving us signals for our language?
I was pushed into photographing minerals supposedly connected to astrology. And out of this exploration came an AMAZING REVELATION.
Molecules of Air signs were all square or linear. Water minerals were wavy like water. The mineral salts of Earth signs were round like Mother Earth. And the Fire sign minerals were hexagons, like seen in sacred geometry and the molecules of life.